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Christmas Workshop - Used Book Ornaments

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)



This November I will be holding a Christmas Workshop at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Using old paperbacks and hardcover books, we will be making cute little snowmen, tiny Christma trees, star tree toppers as well one or two ornaments. These can be embellished with a little paint or even some glitter (bad, bad, bad, I know!! but it's Christmas).


For info and to register, click here


Christmas in July

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

These past few days I've been dreaming of a white and COLD Christmas because the heat here in Ottawa is melting my brain! To keep cool, I'm using my mind and what better way than watching out for inspiring holiday projects to make. Besides I need the time to gather up material and stuff to recycle to make things for that wonderful festive time.


Well, this year it seems that the colour theme for Christmas 2016 pastel or white, which is okay with me. So I searched out some projects using this colour theme and I found a few you might enjoy - and I might even make.


Gift Wrap



This gift wrapping idea is from Sostrene Grene, an online shop specializing in mostly paper goods. Danish sisters Anna and Clare have a nice little catalogue that displays their products. This pastel theme idea would be easy copy using giftwrap and/or ribbons leftover from previous events and celebrations. Nice - and, for me, no trip to the mall will be required. Lots of great ideas for Christmas decorating at this site, too.


For ways to wrap your gifts like a professional, the folks at Hallmark have got you covered. Click here.


Christmas Stars



Aren't these stars gorgeous? Anu over at her website, Nalle's House, has a nice tutorial for these stars and even provides a template so you can make your own. I definitely will rummage through my paper horde and see what I have that I can use to make these twinklies. It's a very nice site so enjoy your visit. 


Garlands, Rosettes, and Snowflakes



An all-in-one idea - again the pastel theme is strong here and, bonus, all the projects are simple and economical to make using what you have in the way of paper. The polka dot garlands are simply circles of paper and would be easy enough for any child to create. For instructions to make these garlands, click here


Snowflakes are always fun to make. For an easy tutorial for you (or your kids) to make snowflakes, visit our lady Martha here.  


Large or small, colourful paper rosettes are another festive idea that can be used for any holiday or celebrations. For how-tos, click here


Again - check out what you've got in the paper department before heading for the shops. You can save a bundle. The above photo comes from here.


Paper Tree Ornament



This is definitely on my to-do list just because I love some easy that looks so elegant! You can find instructions for this cute little tree ornament here.


Linen and Gauze Wrapped Christmas Ornaments



Apparently these are actually covered in burlap and linen strips but they look like linen and gauze to me and that is what I would use if I had the fabric. Since I don't, I will need to find another way to recreate these. Hmmm - gauze - I may have some in my medicine cabinet. I found these at Fresh Designpedia but originally the holiday ornaments were sold on Etsy. I couldn't find the actually seller - and I suspect these are gone by now! 


You can make your own following this tutorial. 


Christmas Recycling - Happy Holiday Wreath

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


A quick trip to my local church charity shop  to find some inspiration and a few last minute ornaments instead scored me a bag full of copper wire scouring pads. Wow, what a find - but once I got home I realized that I had nothing I could use these to clean - all my pots and pans require gentle hand washing and I couldn't possible use them to clean my Pyrex glass baking and serving dishes. So, of course, I made a wreath.  While watching my favourite Scrooge DVD, I unravelled some of the pads - not as simple as I thought but I persevered and had a bundle of copper wire ready for wreath making. Did you know that these are actually knitted together?


I wish all a Happy Christmas and an amazing and eco-friendly New Year.



Christmas Recycling - Delivery Truck Fleet

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend I designed and made my final Christmas kits - Fleets of Delivery Trucks, using milk and juice cartons (empty and cleaned out, of course). These little trucks are intended to keep little ones busy during the day on Christmas Eve or during the days between Christmas and New Year's. I made over 30 of these - believe me it took a lot of milk and juice cartons. Besides my own contribution, I asked neighbours for any they had - and, boy, did they deliver!


As the trucks are intended for kiddies age 7 and under, I did the majority of work in constructing each 'truck' since using utility knives and other sharp tools was involved - something even I try to avoid. I also added the 'wheels' (made from plastic lids). Each child gets a fleet of three that they can share with any guests. And it's up to them on how to decorate (and use) these little trucks.




Most kids have ample art supples somewhere at home but during this time of year when everything is so hectic, I try to save the parents some time by filling up each truck kit with small containers of washable acrylic paint, glue, brushes, washable felt pens and/or crayons, and washi tapes. The colours of the paint  and washi tapes varies to give kids some choice in which ones they want to use - what I really mean is that I supply what I find on sale at my local hardware store. It's sometimes surprising what is squirreled away in odd corners of the shop but I always manage to find something interesting.